Ghost Station

Posted May 3, 2024 by Carole in Reviews / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Ghost StationGhost Station by S.A. Barnes
Narrator: Zura Johnson
Published by Macmillan Audio, Tor Nightfire on April 9, 2024
Genres: Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Exploration
Length: 14 hours 51 minutes
Pages: 384
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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“Perfectly unsettling. Scratches the itch for space horror just right—and doesn’t shrink from the grisly consequences of exploring the unknown.” —Chloe Gong

A crew must try to survive on an ancient, abandoned planet in the latest space horror novel from S.A. Barnes, acclaimed author of Dead Silence.

An abandoned plant. A hidden past. A deadly danger.

Psychologist Dr. Ophelia Bray has dedicated her life to the study and prevention of Eckhart-Reiser syndrome (ERS)—the most famous case of which resulted in the brutal murders of twenty-nine people. It's personal to her, and when she's assigned to a small exploration crew who recently suffered the tragic death of a colleague, she wants to help. But as they begin to establish residency on an abandoned planet, it becomes clear that the crew is hiding something.

Ophelia's crewmates are far more interested in investigating the eerie, ancient planet and unraveling the mystery behind the previous colonizers' hasty departure than opening up to her.

That is, until their pilot is discovered gruesomely murdered. Is this Ophelia’s worst nightmare starting—a wave of violence and mental deterioration from ERS? Or is it something even more sinister?

Terrified that history will repeat itself, Ophelia and the crew must work together to figure out what’s happening. But trust is hard to come by...and the crew isn’t the only one keeping secrets.

Also by S.A. Barnes:
Dead Silence
Cold Eternity

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

I had a good time with this book! I love that the story kept me guessing and I was never completely sure what was real. The fact that anything could happen at any time helped to bring the story to the next level. I liked all of the characters and appreciated getting their backstories, especially that of Dr. Ophelia Bray. I found this to be a very entertaining novel.

Dr. Ophelia Bray joins a crew on a trip to a remote location. As a Psychologist, her role is to monitor the crew for a space-based condition that can cause individuals to become violent. The crew faces many challenges during their mission and the sanity of the crew members is threatened. The sense of unease woven throughout the novel helped take the story to the next level. They don’t have a lot of information to go on and I worried that they wouldn’t be able to survive this mission.

I listened to the audiobook and thought that Zura Johnson did an excellent job with the narration. I found her voice to be incredibly pleasant and wanted to listen to this book for hours at a time. I thought she was able to add just the right amount of emotion and excitement to her performance to bring the characters to life. I am certain that her narration added to my overall enjoyment of this story.

I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a nice blend of Science Fiction and Horror with flawed but likable characters. I enjoyed this book just as much as the author’s previous novel and look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

I received a review copy of this book from Tor Nightfire and Macmillan Audio.

5 responses to “Ghost Station

  1. I read this one last week and really enjoyed it. It definitely kept me guessing. I think I liked Dead Station a little better, but this one is fun summer suspense. My review of it posts tomorrow. 😀

  2. I’ve been tempted by this one, but… the horror. Still, it does sound really good neat that the narrator pulled you in right away.

  3. I love when a narrator really adds to the listening experience! This sounds interesting and I’ll have to see if I can find the audio.